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What's Walkin' Joe Thinkin'?
Hey folks

I’m sorry that we missed last month’s newsletter. That time came about just as we were experiencing near catastrophic computer issues with our main company accounting files. I and all of those around me are surely glad that is behind us for now. It is quite an odd and crazy time we are all in so maybe that missed expression of my thoughts was a good thing.

I’m not sure which is worse the Covid-19 or the Elections. I think I’ll be glad when both of those agendas are behind us as well. Both of those subjects are presented in ways that make me scratch my head for the truth and my hair is too thin for all of that! We are a resilient culture of folks here in these United States of America and I’m hanging on to the faith and beliefs that formed us, that we will endure and overcome. 
Happy times are ahead. I am one calendar year older since my last writing. Clicking up those numbers is certainly more bittersweet as each year passes. I must get on with it because the clock isn’t slowing down. I think we’ll just have a couple events or gatherings right here back to back in October. My mother always told me that I liked a challenge and I wouldn’t be happy if I wasn’t pushing something to the limits. I Sure do wish I could call or visit her and tell her some of these stories I’ve created or been involved in over the last few years!

Save the dates. Truck folks and vehicle enthusiasts in general, the Roadworks Manufacturing crew and show truck will visit the I-95 Manning location Oct 8th and half day on 9th. (Thursday-Friday) The crew will then move over to the Gaston/Columbia location for the afternoon of the 9th and be with them on the 10th as well. (Friday-Saturday) We will be having a lunch on Thursday in Manning and again provide lunch and snacks on Saturday over at the Gaston location on I-26. Look for specials wherever the truck is!
Save the date. Car folks of all types and vehicle fanatics at large. We will be having a gathering on Saturday Oct 17th from 10:00-2:00 just because we want to. Come out and show off with your “Pride Ride” or just to mingle. We’ll serve a lunch and provide a place for these like-minded folks to carry on. Maybe tell some stories, some could be the truth or not!

Life is good. Stay safe. Be kind and be careful on the roadways. It sure seems mighty busy out there for the news to be reporting that all of these places are shut down! Go figure!

All the best! WJ
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Portable CPAP Machines For A Good Rest And A Safe Trip

Finding the right CPAP machine can be the key to good night’s sleep for long-haul drivers suffering from sleep apnea. Patients who stick with a CPAP machine for two to 12 weeks tend to make it part of a healthier life.

Getting a good night’s sleep on the road can be the difference between a good shift and a terrible shift for professional long-haul drivers. From finding safe parking with decent amenities to getting comfortable in the sleeper berth, there are more obstacles to good rest than a typical American faces. With nearly a third of truck drivers suffering from sleep apnea, productive rest can be even more elusive.

Sleep apnea is a breathing-related sleep disorder that causes short interruptions of breathing during sleep. People suffering from sleep apnea can stop breathing for 10 seconds or more up to 400 times while asleep, according to a University of Pennsylvania study sponsored by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. The study found that 28% of commercial truck drivers suffer from sleep apnea. 

Most people who use CPAP find immediate relief to sleep apnea, according to the National Sleep Foundation. The foundation said it could take two to 12 weeks for sleep apnea sufferers to get used to wearing a CPAP device. Once they do, more than half of those who use one regularly continue because of the benefits, including more energy and increased mental sharpness after a good night’s sleep. 

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FMCSA extends relief through Dec. 31 for drivers with expiring CDL, CLP, medical certification

In response to the continuing COVID-19 health crisis, the U.S. Department of Transportation’s (DOT) Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) on Sept. 18 once again extended a waiver offering relief to commercial drivers who have an expired or soon-to-expire commercial driver’s license (CDL), commercial learner’s permit (CLP) or medical-certification card.

The waiver, initially issued March 24 and then renewed June 15, is now effective until Dec. 31, 2020.

Because many agencies remain closed or are operating at limited capacity, many drivers “may be unable” to renew their licensees or provide medical certificates to state driver licensing agencies, FMCSA notes in the waiver. In addition, some drivers may be unable to get appointments for physical examinations required for DOT health certification.

Under the waiver:

  • Drivers who hold a CDL that is due for renewal on or after March 1, 2010, now have until Dec. 31, 2020.
  • For drivers who hold a CLP that is due for renewal on or after March 1, 2020, the CLP’s validity is extended through Dec. 31, 2020, without requiring the holder to retake the general and endorsement knowledge tests.
  • CLP holders do not have to wait 14 days to take the CDL skills test, effective through Dec. 31, 2020.
  • CLD or CLP holders and non-CDL drivers whose medical certification was valid on Feb. 29, 2020 and expired between March 1 and June 1, now have until Oct. 31, 2020 to renew their certification. Drivers whose medical certification expired on or after June 1, 2020, now have until Dec. 31, 2020.

FMCSA specifies that the waiver “does not alter any of the knowledge and skills testing requirements for obtaining either a CDL, a CLP or a necessary endorsement. It does not allow states to extend the license of a CDL or CLP holder whose credential expired prior to March 1, 2020. It does not apply to a CDL or CLP holder if the driver’s privileges have been suspended or withdrawn for traffic offenses. And, this waiver does not authorize states to extend the validity of a non-domiciled CLP or CDL beyond the non-domiciled driver’s approved legal presence.”

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Epworth Children's Home

There are some children who have a natural maturity about them, are born with the ability to be wonderful caretakers, and are wise beyond their years. That description would definitely apply to Micayla, who came to us last spring along with her younger brother. Micayla and her brother Andre were originally placed with a relative, after DSS found that there was significant neglect happening in their home. It had taken awhile for anyone to even realize that Micayla and Andre were neglected though, because Micayla is such a good caretaker for her younger brother, and is so responsible – much more responsible than a 15 year old girl should have to be. The placement with the relative did not work out, and after a short time Micayla and Andre came to Epworth.

At first, it was hard for Micayla to adjust to not having to worry about getting her brother up for school, making breakfast for the two of them, and making sure they caught the bus. Worrying about and caring for Andre had become so second nature to her that she found it hard to relax and put her own needs first. The stability and routine that Epworth provided was something she was not used to in her own home. Not only that, she had become so attached to Andre since they had been through so much together, that she found it difficult not be with him all the time; it was almost like he was her security blanket. At Epworth, the children live in cottages that are organized by age and gender, so Micayla and Andre couldn’t stay together overnight. They still ate meals together, would see each other at counseling and tutoring, cottage activities and at church, though. The separation helped provide Micayla time to find her own identity and not have to worry about someone else so intensely, much like a mother does for her child. Not only that, Micayla could form friendships and bonds with her cottage-mates, another area she hadn’t really had the opportunity to explore, since she was so busy being the primary caregiver in her home.

Once Micayla was able to relax and focus on not only her own needs, but her hopes and wishes for her life, she began to come out of her shell. Micayla is a natural leader, and also very creative; she has a way of making everything around her beautiful. “You can give Micayla anything, and she will turn it into something amazing,” says Reverend Pamela Richardson, Epworth’s campus Pastor. For example, Pastor Pamela (as the children call her), gave all of the kids a loose topic in Sunday School one Sunday before church services. It was just something for them to think about during the week and ponder about how it applied to their own lives. Micayla, being the creative person she is, took the topic and turned it into an amazing spoken word. She then performed the spoken word for all of her peers in her MYF (Methodist Youth Fellowship) group!

Just a couple of months ago, Pastor Pamela experienced a loss when her brother unexpectedly passed away. When the residents found out about the sad news, the older boys and girls all got together to think of a way to express their condolences to Pastor Pamela and her family. Being the natural leader she is, it was a given that Micayla would be the one appointed by her peers to share the condolences on behalf of all of the children on campus. When Pastor Pamela returned to campus, it was Micayla that sought her out to share everyone’s wishes for healing for Pastor Pamela and her family. She feels empathy for people and cares for them in a way that is far beyond the somewhat self-centered worldview of the typical teenage girl.

Micayla has excelled at Epworth, and has big plans for her future. She has excellent grades that will make the different colleges she is considering a very real possibility for her when it is time to apply. She is excited to move into the Independent Living program after she graduates as well. Her brother, Andre, is doing great in school and socially, too! Not only has Epworth provided this sister and brother pair with a safe, nurturing environment, it has given them the opportunity to just be kids again. Which is something that every child should have the opportunity to be – just themselves.

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